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Drive to the stones was via an iron wallower, spur wheel and mortice nuts. Originally two others stood in adjacent fields on either side, and another at Smallworth in the same parish.
Around 1788 James Turner built a smockmill to the southwest of the postmill and in 1802 apparently sold both mills to John Button. The property was part of an estate owned by the Molyneux-Montgomery family for some 200 years before finally being sold off in 1944. The latter was a small, rather Heath-Robinson affair, built by one Alfonso Neville Vincent, a millwright and stone-dresser from the nearby Thelnetham windmill.
In 1864 the sails were driving 2 pairs of 4ft 4ins French burr stones but in later years one pair of 4ft 4ins French burr stones and a pair of Peak stones were being used along with a flour machine and jumper. The mill became derelict over the years and was on the point of collapse, when in the spring of 1972, it was bought for £250 by George Colman of Ixworth, Suffolk.
The millpost was 32 ins square at its base and 25 ins square at the top.. George Colman's son Adrian, then set about restoring the mill with professional help where necessary from millwright Philip Barrett-Lennard.
I appoint my dear wife Mary Button and my uncle James Button of Thelnetham in Suffolk, Merchant to be executrix and executor. According to the diary of a local miller, Thomas King of Thelnetham, 'Garboldisham Post Mill Axle-tree put up July 7th 1827' and 'Patent Sails put on Garboldisham Post Mill in March 1831'. However, the Button family were still running the mills after that date; so, were they tenants, the freehold being sold, or were the mills withdrawn from auction?
Gives to Mary all her paraphanalia, all household goods, furniture, beddings, beds, table and other linens, plate, china, stoves, fundues ? all other household furniture in my dwelling house or in any other dwelling he resides in… The present cast-iron machinery and fantail were probably added at the same time. According to the Suffolk Chronicle of 22 August 1840 there was a fire at the towermill and nothing but the brickwork then remained.
The Estate consists of a comfortable Messuage recently put into a thorough state of repair, Yards & Garden, Granary for 1000 coombs, Waggon Lodges, Stable, Gig house, Piggeries, Carpenter’s shops & other Buildings, a Post Windmill with roundhouse capable of containing 50 sacks of flour & chamber for 300 coombs, Patent Sails, Winding Tackle, Flour Machine & Jumper, two pairs of French Stones, 4 ft. Iron rightup Shaft, Wallower & Spur wheel, Iron Stone Nuts, Iron Bridge Trees, Iron Racks & all Running & Going Gears in complete repair. 4 ins., Flour Mill, Winding tackle & all Going Gears complete. A Brick TOWER MILL, four stories high in an enclosed yard near the above driving two pairs of French Stones 4ft. The Property is well situated in a populous neighbourhood about 15 miles from Bury, 7 from Diss and 4 from East Harling, all good corn markets and an excellent trade is now carried on. Seven years later, however, '1879, August 3rd, on Sunday morning happened a great storm that done so much damage about and took the sail of Mrs Lawrence's Mill'.
Capital Estate & Corn Mills at GARBOLDISHAM in Norfolk To be Sold by Auction by Mr. Calver on Thursday 21 November 1839 at 3 o’c at the Fox Inn, Garboldisham. 4 ins., iron rightup shaft, wallower, and spur wheel, iron stone nuts, iron bridge trees, iron racks, and going gears in complete repair. 4ins., flour mill, winding tackle, and all going gears complete. He was of humble origins and means, but the business very soon began to prosper under his very able direction.
The sails were struck by rack & pinion, with the chain wheel half in and half out of the buck. A new Mill house was built to the south of the mill in 1977 as the original Mill House was not sold with the mill.
The 8ft 6ins wooden brakewheel had a clasp arm with horns cast on a shaft instead of the square section and was controlled by an iron brake. A History of Garboldisham Postmill Garboldisham windmill stands on high ground on Garboldisham Common, off the Hopton road, some way outside the village, and only a few hundred yards inside the county boundary.
And all such fixtures and effects as shall belong to me and be in and about or belonging to the mills, situate in Garboldisham aforesaid now in the several occupation of myself and John PEARL to and for her own absolute use and benefit independently of any debts which shall be owing by me at my decease (or demise? And I authorize, empower and request them, my said dear wife and my said uncle James Button as soon after my decease as they or the survivor of them conveniently can be to collect and get in all debts which at my decease shall be due and owing to me. There is clear evidence for a tail-pole, and it is quite likely that the millstones were head-and-tail layout, because the left-hand pair seems very old and rather large so that it was found necessary to hack a section to a depth of 2" off the inner edges of both side-girts to achieve the present layout. And yet, on the 1842 parish tithe-map, the two remaining mills appear to be the post-mill and tower-mill - perhaps it is the smock-mill which was burnt down as this had gone by about that date.
And to sell, and dispose of all my houses, cotts (cottages? (A smock-mill stands on a brick plinth.) The fate of the tower-mill is not known, although it is thought to have lasted until 1860; only the present post-mill is shown on later maps.